Top Baby Names for Twins

The Most Popular Twin Names

Newborn Twins Sleeping
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Naming twins is not like naming a single baby. It starts with the obvious: you need to come up with more than one name. While that might seem fairly easy, some couples argue over a single baby name, so choosing twin names is even more difficult.

Most parents want their twins' names to fit well together and complement each other. Looking at a list can be helpful. You don't have to choose a listed pairing, but the list offers a good starting point.

Read over these tips before looking at the list. They may help ease your tension over choosing names for your multiples.

Birth Order

A, B, C, D... The order in which your babies are born is their birth order. They will be labeled with a letter, depending on what their birth order is. In other words, baby A will be born first, then baby B, etc. (Note: This may be different than their labeled letter while in your uterus, as that is determined by who is closest to your cervix.)

Some parents choose to let birth order assist them in naming their multiples. Baby A may become Adam and baby B Brian.

Zygosity

Zygosity is a fancy way of noting whether your twins (or other multiples) are identical (monozygotic) or fraternal (dizygotic). You may decide to let this influence your naming selections. Do you want to give identical twins names that are more similar than fraternal twins?

Sex of Babies

Does the gender of your twins influence your naming?

Would you give two girls, regardless of zygosity, similar sounding names? Perhaps you would only consider names that are similar if the children were identical. It may also depend on if you have girl/girl twins, girl/boy twins, boy/boy twins, or other multiples.

Matching Names

Zygosity may not matter to you.

Perhaps you've been dying to use cute matching names forever. Multiple births gives you your chance. But be forewarned! Lots of parents of multiples choose to give matching names. When you do this you run the risk of getting the kids confused. (Did you say Madison or Madeline?) You also run the risk of confusing everyone else.

Questions to Ask Yourself About Naming Multiples

  • Does the name emphasize that my children are a pair? If yes, is that what I want?
  • Are the names easily confused for one another? (Mia and Nia)
  • Do they have the same initials? (Amy Elise and Amanda Elliot)
  • Are their names standalone for when they are older?
  • Do they have easy alternatives for nicknames?

Choosing Name Combinations

When you find out you are having twins, baby names are something you probably start to think about fairly quickly. Grab your baby name books and get started!

There are many options, but ultimately most parents of twins say that their decision depends on how the names sound together. Here are a few popular examples.

  1. Lucille and Hudson

    These are both strong, standalone names. Together they have a sort of storybook quality. Lucille means light and is French in origin. Hudson is an English name meaning son of the hooded man. Can't you almost hear the superhero in each?
  1. Elise and Elijah

    A French name, Elise means consecrated to God. Elijah is a Hebrew name with a similar meaning: God is Lord. This is one way to connect the names, both with the same first letter and similar meanings but different sounds.
  2. Erica and Jonathan

    Sometimes the meaning of the name is the most important thing. Erica is a name of Norse background that means forever strong. Jonathan is Hebrew for God has given. These strong names would be great names for babies who are born after a much-wanted pregnancy or who were born early and have fought hard to survive.
  3. Leonard and Annabelle

    Leo is the Latin root for lion, so the name Leonard has come to mean lion-hearted. Annabelle is an American name that is a combination of the French word Belle (beauty) and the Hebrew word Hannah, of which Anna is a derivative. These names emphasize the masculine and feminine.
  1. Dorothy and Jack

    Dorothea is a Greek word meaning gift of God. Jack is a diminutive name for John, which is English for God is gracious. (You could also use Dorothy with it's meaning matched name for boys, Nathan (Hebrew)).This is a nice combination of a popular name and a less popular but familiar name for the twins.
  2. Dylan and Delaney

    Meaning son of the wave in Welsh, Dillon can also be spelled Dillon. Delaney is French, meaning from the Elder tree grove. This might be a Harry Potter shoutout to the elder wand, or it could simply be parents who really love nature and are looking for nature based names.
  3. Cameron and Matthew

    You might ignore the meaning of these name and use them because you love them. Cameron is Scottish for crooked nose. Matthew is Greek for gift of God.
  4. Samantha and Jake

    Being a mostly American name that is wildly popular, Samantha means listener. Jake means grasps the heel. That said, if you're a fan of 80s movies, you might catch that these names are a tribute to Sixteen Candles characters. (Side note: Molly Ringwald played Samantha and later went on to have boy/girl twins of her own, Adele and Roman.)
  5. Oliver and Molly

    Looking for comfortable names? Try these on for size! Oliver is French for olive tree, while Molly is​ the diminutive name of Mary, and it means bitter.
  6. Lily and Lyle

    Are you a fan of alliteration? Lily is English for flower or pure and Lyle is English for island. As stand alone names they work, but together they have a snazzy little punch.
  7. Charlotte and Mark

    This is another set of strong names for boy/girl twins. Charlotte is French for free man and Mark is Greek for consecrated to the God Mars.

Twin Name List

Every year the Social Security Administration used to compile the most popular names for twins. After each set of names, you'll see the number of twin sets who were given that name, if available.

Most Popular Twin Names for Girl/Girl Twins

  1. Ella, Emma 44
  2. Olivia, Sophia 42
  3. Gabriella, Isabella 34
  4. Faith, Hope 32
  5. Ava, Emma 28
  6. Isabella, Sophia 25
  7. Madison, Morgan
  8. Ava, Ella 21
  9. Ava, Olivia 21
  10. Mackenzie, Madison 21
  11. Abigail, Isabella
  12. Abigail, Emma
  13. Hailey, Hannah 19
  14. Makayla, Mackenzie 19
  15. Addison, Avery 17
  16. Elizabeth, Emily 17
  17. Ava, Mia 16
  18. Heaven, Nevaeh 16
  19. Abigail, Emily 14
  20. Emma, Olivia 14
  21. London, Paris 14
  22. Chloe, Claire 13
  23. Mia, Mya 13
  24. Anna, Emma 12
  25. Arianna, Brianna 12
  26. IsabellaOlivia 12
  27. Abigail, Lillian 11
  28. Addison, Ava 11
  29. Emma, Isabella 11
  30. Samantha, Sophia 11
  31. Ella, Olivia 10
  32. Emma, Hannah 10
  33. Emma, Mia 10
  34. Faith, Grace 10
  35. Madison, Makenzie 10
  36. Madison, Olivia 10
  37. Abigail, Olivia 9
  38. Annabella, Isabella 9
  39. Chloe, Zoe 9
  40. Elizabeth, Isabella 9
  41. Elizabeth, Victoria 9
  42. Jada, Jade 9
  43. Julia, Sophia 9
  44. Kayla, Kylie 9
  45. Madison, Megan 9
  46. Mia, Sophia 9
  47. Natalie, Olivia 9
  48. Paige, Payton 9
  49. Serenity, Trinity 9
  50. Valentina, Valeria 9

Most Popular Twin Names for Girl/Boy Twins

  1. Madison, Mason 32
  2. Emma, Ethan 28
  3. Taylor, Tyler 26
  4. Madison, Michael 19
  5. Jayda, Jayden 17
  6. Madison, Matthew 17
  7. Samuel, Sophia 17
  8. Addison, Aiden 14
  9. Olivia, Owen 13
  10. Zachary, Zoe 13
  11. Addison, Jackson 12
  12. Aiden, Ava 12
  13. Emily, Ethan 12
  14. Emma, Ryan 12
  15. Isaac, Isabella 12
  16. Natalie, Nathan 12
  17. Abigail, Benjamin 11
  18. Andrew, Emma 11
  19. Isabella, Isaiah 11
  20. Jada, Jaden 11
  21. Brian, Brianna 10
  22. Emma, Jack 10
  23. Aiden, Emma 9
  24. Eli, Ella 9
  25. Jacob, Olivia 9
  26. Lily, Logan 9
  27. Michael, Michelle 9
  28. Naomi, Noah 9
  29. Abigail, Alexander 8
  30. Abigail, Andrew 8
  31. Brandon, Brianna 8
  32. Chloe, Christian 8
  33. Elizabeth, William 8
  34. Emily, Matthew 8
  35. Emma, Jacob 8
  36. Emma, William 8
  37. Jacob, Sarah 8
  38. Lilly, Logan 8
  39. Nicholas, Sophia 8
  40. Noah, Sophia 8
  41. Oliver, Olivia 8
  42. Sophia, William 8
  43. Abigail, Jacob 7
  44. Addison, Austin 7
  45. Alexander, Sophia 7
  46. Ella, Jackson 7
  47. Emma, Evan 7
  48. Emma, James 7
  49. Jayla, Jaylen 7
  50. Zachary, Zoey 7

Most Popular Twin Names for Boy/Boy Twins

  1. Jacob, Joshua 69
  2. Ethan, Evan 54
  3. Jayden, Jordan 52
  4. Daniel, David 50
  5. Matthew, Michael 35
  6. Landon, Logan 32
  7. Elijah, Isaiah 31
  8. Jacob, Joseph 30
  9. Jayden, Jaylen 27
  10. Isaac, Isaiah 26
  11. Caleb, Joshua 25
  12. Andrew, Matthew 22
  13. James, John 22
  14. Alexander, Nicholas 21
  15. Jeremiah, Josiah 21
  16. Joseph, Joshua 21
  17. Nathan, Nicholas 21
  18. Jonathan, Joshua 20
  19. Logan, Lucas 20
  20. Ethan, Nathan 19
  21. Aiden, Ethan 18
  22. Jeremiah, Joshua 18
  23. Alexander, Andrew 17
  24. Alexander, Benjamin 17
  25. Logan, Luke 17
  26. Jacob, Lucas 16
  27. Jonathan, Joseph 16
  28. Nathan, Noah 16
  29. Andrew, Anthony 15
  30. Brandon, Bryan 15
  31. Daniel, Michael 15
  32. Daniel, Samuel 15
  33. Isaiah, Jeremiah 15
  34. Jaden, Jordan 15
  35. Jayden, Kayden 15
  36. John, Joseph 15
  37. Matthew, Ryan 15
  38. Aiden, Austin 14
  39. Benjamin, Samuel 14
  40. Christopher, Nicholas 14
  41. Taylor, Tyler 14
  42. Benjamin, William 13
  43. Hayden, Hunter 13
  44. Santiago, Sebastian 13
  45. Alexander, Anthony 12
  46. Alexander, William 12
  47. Brandon, Brian 12
  48. Carter, Cooper 12
  49. Evan, Owen 12
  50. Evan, Ryan 12

A Word From Verywell

Finding a name for your twins comes with many things to consider. Popularity of the names, the combination of the names, and your preferences are just some.

The use of popular names from the Social Security Administration is one example of a place to find names and information about the names. It is important to note that Social Security Administration has ceased compiling names for twin combinations in popularity, but they have continued to compile individual names.

Source:

Social Security Administration (SSA). Popular Baby Names. 2017.

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